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September 29, 2017, 8:49 AM

A Heart that is Ready

Our theme verse for this week’s revival in Ira was Psalm 61:2 “When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

We talked each service about things that “overwhelm” our hearts and the kind of hearts God wants us to have. Our series of messages included “A HEART THAT IS CLEAN”, “A HEART THAT CARES”, “A HEART THAT SHARES”, “A HEART THAT IS FREE” AND “A HEART THAT IS READY”.

It is “A Heart that is Ready” that I would like to share with you this Sunday in our worship. Our text for this message is taken from 2Kings 20 and is about King Hezekiah and God extending his life 15 more years.

In 20:1 God told Hezekiah “Set your house in order”. My question is “What did Hezekiah have to do to set his house in order?” If you back up to 2 Kings 18:1-5 it is said that Hezekiah was a great king and there was not a king like him ever before or after. It is also said that he was a very godly king destroying idol worship and restoring “True worship”. I really believe king Hezekiah was a Christian so “what did he have to set in order?”

Please join me in praying for this week’s message and join me in this week’s service as we worship and seek to give God “A Heart that is Ready”.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER COMING SOON!

 

October 18th from 5 to 7 pm MUSTARD SEED MINISTRY

October 15th Baptism Service

October 21st Car Show and Ladies Bazaar

October 22nd 50th Wedding anniversary for Derriel and Janet Smith

 

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

Operation Christmas Child: Shoe Boxes

State Missions offering: Will benefit Texas Baptist Men disaster relief

 

 

MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT

This week the couple I would like to highlight is Kevin and Linda Parker. Kevin and Linda joined our church not long after I came back in 2009. I remember back then we had a need for a children’s S.S teacher and we began announcing the need and it wasn’t long that Linda came up to me after one of our services and shared that God was putting it on her heart to teach and that was the beginning of their serving here. Today she is still teaching and we are blessed to have her in our children’s department. You see Kevin each week setting in the Video booth operating our visual needs for worship. I think it is a blessing to our church to have a couple who also are “Foster Parents”.  It is a blessing to know that children are getting to live with godly people and we as a church also get to love on the children that they are taking care of. Thank you, Kevin and Linda, for being part of Potosi Baptist Church.

 

Prayer needs: Praise for the rain!  Mike’s dad (heart bypass), Melissa’s mom (knee surgery), Pat Smith, Lynn Peterson, The Satterwhite’s, Gail Curtis,

Thank you, Hunter for doing another outstanding job! We are blessed to have Hunter as a member of our church staff!

Looking forward to worshipping this Sunday, see you then!

Your Pastor and Friend

Bro. Keith




September 15, 2017, 10:56 AM

Don't Tell Me What to Do

When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line.

 

"Excuse me," Governor Herter said, "do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?"

 "Sorry," the woman told him. "I'm supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person."

 "But I'm starved," the governor said.

 "Sorry," the woman said again. "Only one to a customer."

 Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around.

 "Do you know who I am?" he said. "I am the governor of this state."

 "Do you know who I am?" the woman said. "I'm the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister."

 

Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 5-6.

 

Acts 5:28-29 “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filed Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said; we ought to obey God rather than men.”

Do you remember what happened on 9-1-1985? That was the day it became official Law in the State of Texas that you had to wear your seatbelt and it was no longer a voluntary issue. I was a reluctant seatbelt wearer, I didn’t like being told I had to wear my seatbelt. At first, I usually was reminded by Teresa “It is the Law”, she would say with the command to “buckle your seatbelt”. We then got a car that would buckle you up when you started the car whether you wanted to be buckled up or not. At some point, it became such a habit that it is just what you do when you get in a vehicle, you buckle up.

I also remember because I am the oldest of three boys and one girl that sometimes when mom and dad had to be gone they would leave me in charge of watching over my siblings. If I had a dollar for all the times I heard one of my brothers or sister say to me: “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!”, I could take myself out for an expensive steak dinner.

Who is the boss? Who is in charge? Who has authority over me? I was just thinking this past week about forgiveness and the LORD’s command to us as Christians to forgive others (Matthew 6:15) and people’s attitudes sometimes being “Don’t tell me to forgive”.

Who is our boss? Who does have the right to tell me what to do? Are we being rebellious because we don’t obey the law? Is your attitude one of “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO”?

I believe what we are talking about is really a spiritual issue and a relationship issue between ourselves and God. I pray that you will join me this Sunday in worship as we discuss this topic more. If you haven’t guessed by now this week’s message is going to be titled “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO”.

 

 

 

Prayer needs: Pat Smith, Patsy Gregg, Karen Frye, Lynn Peterson, Cherry Gleason, Gail Curtis, victims of the hurricanes, Revival @ FBC Ira

COMING IN OCTOBER!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 21st, this will be our first CAR SHOW! We are working on combining our annual Women’s Bazar day with what we hope may also be an annual event in the car show. We will be getting more specific details to you soon but go ahead and start making plans to participate in this day of events.

 

MISSIONS

You have several ways to get connected. One we are working on filling as many “shoe boxes” as we can! We still have lots of boxes and plenty of time to fill them. This is a wonderful way to share God’s love with children all around the world!

 

I have recently learned that thru the Texas Baptist Men there are groups of workers going every week to the coast to clean up and help people get back in their homes. All the “trainers” are already at the coast so those who are not certified in “mud-out” or “chain-saw” work will get “two hours of training” when they get there then they will be put to work with a team. If you are interested in going let me know and I will put you in contact with who you need to sign up with to get down there and get working.

This is also one of our “mission offering” periods with the emphasis being on “State Missions”. You can give financially and that would be a great blessing.

 

MUSTARD SEED MINISTRY

This is an idea of our new youth minister, Hunter Brown. He is planning an event for the youth on Wednesday Oct. 18th when our youth will start going into our newly built neighborhoods and going door to door. Since it will be close to Thanksgiving and “Mission Abilene”, they will ask for food donations for “Mission Abilene” but they will also invite to our church, give info about PBC and we are working on having Bibles to giving out as well. As Hunter and I were driving the area and discussing the idea we discussed how this would be like “planting seeds”, thus the name “Mustard Seed”. We also shared how because of the number of “new neighborhoods” being built and or already built around us this should be an ongoing ministry and one we do once a quarter at least. Pray for our youth as they lead us in this new ministry. Participate by helping to get our youth to these neighborhoods and watching for them and praying for them as they go door to door. Remember our first “MUSTARD SEED SEWING” will be Wednesday October 18th!

 

MUSIC TO MY EARS!

Since I have started this “Music to my ears” focusing on some great hymns and gospel songs that have ministered to us, Mike has loaned me a couple of books with lots of information on lots of hymns.

This is the first one I turned to: THE SOLID ROCK. Do you remember singing “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name? On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

 

Edward Mote was born into poverty on January 21, 1797 to parents that did not allow a Bible in the home. Edward heard the gospel as a teenager and was saved. He went on to become a carpenter and cabinet shop owner. He wrote the words to “Solid rock” but it was not officially a hymn when one day he went to visit a man whose wife was very ill. Because he wanted to sing and read some scripture to minister to this couple but at the same time he had not brought a hymn book, he took out of his pocket the paper with the words to “Solid Rock” and began singing.  The couple like the song, and requested it, so Edward when he got home wrote another verse and copied it to give to the family. At the age of 55 he gave up his business and became the pastor of a Baptist church where he stayed until he retired 21 years later. He retired because he felt as if he was about to die. He said upon retiring, “I think I am going to heaven; yes, I am nearing port. The truths I have been preaching, I am now living upon and they’ll do very well to die upon. Ah! The precious blood.”

 

MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT

This week I would like to take a minute and say thanks to Larry and Joan Millican! Thank You Lord for placing them in our church family!

Larry and Joan teach one of our couples’ classes and have been teaching it since I came to PBC in 2009. Larry and Joan are gifted Bible teachers and we are blessed to have them use their talents for the LORD here at PBC. They are also gifted musically and have sang specials, Larry has filled in for both Mike and I and Joan plays our piano for worship. Thank You Larry and Joan for being servants of our LORD thru Potosi Baptist Church!

 

Thank you for all your birthday cards and gifts! God has and is truly blessing Teresa and I as we get to serve here at PBC with a great Church family!

See you Sunday when we all come to worship!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

 




September 8, 2017, 9:07 AM

Forgiveness

Thank you, Hunter, for preaching this past Sunday, you did an excellent job!

 

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the LORD’s death till He comes. I Corinthians 11:26

Join us in worship this Sunday as we Worship thru the LORD’s Supper and proclaim our LORD’s death and His salvation for us because of His death in our place to pay the penalty our sins caused.

 

The LORD’s SUPPER will be our message this Sunday and the focus of our worship. As we prepare for this week’s worship and looking ahead to our sharing communion together I am thinking about our forgiveness.

 

Jesus death on the cross, dying in our place and redeeming us from the penalty of sin means GOD FORGIVES! God did not have to send His Only Son to be our Savior. Jesus did not have to die in our place but He did!

Jesus death on the cross is our forgiveness!

Matt. 26:28 “For this is My Blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Eph. 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

Isa. 1:18 “Come now and let us reason together says the LORD, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

 

Thank You LORD for forgiving my sins!

 

Music to My Heart this week: YouTube Jason Crabb, “Please Forgive Me”

 

Prayer needs: Pat Smith (broken leg @ Wesley Court), Gail Curtis (at home), Victims recovering from Harvey, those in path of Hurricane Irma

 

Have you picked up your shoe boxes yet?

 

Mark your calendar for October 21st we will have our first “Car show”! This year we will have our annual “Ladies Bazar” on Saturday, Oct. 21st and we will also have a car show, start making your plans now to be a part of this weekend.

 

Remember this Sunday is our Fellowship meal and business meeting. Our meal will begin at 6pm and business meeting will begin at 6:30.

 

PBC Highlights!

Kyle and Rhonda Swinney and PBC Children’s ministry! Sunday morning Kyle and Rhonda are teaching our young children bible stories in Sunday School and on Wednesday evenings they are teaching our children about missions! Thank you Kyle and Rhonda for loving our children and their families and teaching them about Jesus and being an example of God’s love for them to follow.

 

Thanks for your prayers! See you in Worship!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

 

P.S. Glorieta Highlights… Great spiritual weekend focusing on forgiveness, learned because it is a God thing the gentleman that was leading the music will also be the gentlemen leading the music at the revival I will be preaching coming up the end of September (neither one of us knew this until this weekend), Great Hiking… 8 miles one trip 7 another, 10,000 feet elevation! I would have thought with all the teaching and hiking I would have lost weight but I have spent the week losing the pounds I gained on the weekend (the food and trip to restaurants was tooooooooooo gooooooood), All in All it was a great weekend, but I am ready to be with “my family” in worship at PBC!




September 1, 2017, 10:57 AM

Ooops

OOPS, I confess awhile back I noticed our Christian flag was looking a little worn and I was going to take it down to replace it. I went out to the poll and untied it and tried to pull the rope down but it seemed to be hung up and would not move. I tugged a few times but I really didn’t have time so I just tied it back to wait for another time. Will the other day that “another time” came and I went out expecting to have to use a little more muscle in the pulling to get the rope unhung? Well this is when the oops came in because I untied the rope and pulled and it started coming down very easily and I thought to myself “I wander why it was hard last time and easy this time”, and then as I was looking up I saw my big mistake. I forgot to make sure that both ends of the rope were tied together and by the time I realized what was happening it was too late, so all the rope is down. I apologize and soon you can come watch the preacher climb a flag pole to put the rope back thru the pully. And as Paul Harvey used to say “Now you know the rest of the story.”

 

Thank You for the gracious love offering to the Andersons. Thank you, Mike and Karen, for leading our worship last Sunday morning. I was blessed by the message in music and “His Word”, thanks again and our prayer is for God’s leading in your lives as you seek His direction.

Thank You for supporting our Super Summer Sunday Services! It is hard to believe they have already come and gone for another year. Thank you for attending, we had a considerable number from our church each week! Looking back, we had great attendance, great fellowship meals and we took up offerings and sent to “Hospice”, “a Church in Pennsylvania”, our State missions and to the Baptist Men’s Relief fund to help with the victims of Harvey. Thanks for your support of the offerings!

 

OUR SHOEBOXES ARE HERE!

We have 200 boxes ready to be filled for the Operation Christmas Child ministry. Here are some ways you can help fill boxes. Our goal is to fill all the boxes or even more to bless 200 or more children around the world at Christmas with the love of Jesus.

               Pick up a box or several and fill them as an individual or family project.

               Make a contribution, for $20 to $25 a box can be filled and the postage price of $9 each can be paid.

               In list the help of others, encourage your friends, other family members, neighbors or co-workers to fill a box.

               Bring extra things you have purchased from filling your boxes and we can use them to fill extra boxes here at the church.

 

Prayer needs: Kyle Swinny and family (death of his mother), Frank Healer (heart), Gail Curtis (Hendrick hospital), Tom & Glenda Satterwhite (Bro Tom is having problems with Blood pressure and he said Glenda is weak and in need of our prayers), victims of the hurricane (Harvey),

Pray for Teresa and me as we travel to New Mexico. By the time you get this we should be will on our way to Santa Fe where I will be teaching a conference on forgiveness. Hunter will be leading our worship and preaching this coming Sunday. Lift Hunter in prayers and be in church to support him and one another in worship.

 

I pray you have a blessed weekend, see you next week.

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




August 30, 2017, 10:11 AM

Music to Our Ears: The Andersons

Praise the LORD!

               The garage sale raised approximately $1500 and was able to also bless the Salvation Army with a donation of items and Good Will with a donation of items. We were also able to send some blankets to an Animal rescue and shelter and send some books to the “friends of the library”. Thank you to everyone for all your contributions! Thank you to all the workers!

               Super Summer Services: Thank you for making this year’s services and fellowships one of the best!

               With summer, you never know what the attendance is going to be like and it is usually all over the place from being high one week to being low the next. Amid being all over the place and up and down last Sunday we had one of the best attendances we have had in Sunday School and I thought it would be a PTL to share, we had 70 in Bible Study last Sunday, thank you!

 

Since this time last week heaven gained three of our church members. Please continue to keep the families of Doris Morton, Bettie Mashburn and Bob Wakefield in your prayers.

 

We had the first funeral service this past Saturday and then we had one funeral each on Monday and Tuesday of this week. For four mornings in a row we had a service either Sunday worship or the funeral service/worship of three Christians getting to go home to heaven.

 

Music to my ears: this week I suggest looking up on you tube GOLD CITY singing I’M RICH!

 

Well I’m rich in faith and hope and Love I got more than my share

I’ll be moving to my mansion just over in Glory where I’m a rightful heir

Yes I’m rich in faith and hope and Love I got more than my share

I’ll be moving to my mansion just over in Glory where I’m a rightful heir

 

My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills I believe I own at least one

I stand in amazement to see His face knowing that I’m His son

Well I’m rich in faith and hope and Love I got more than my share

I’ll be moving to my mansion just over in Glory where I’m a rightful heir

 

I’ve a guardian angel watching me he’ll go everywhere

But when I need my Father in Heaven up above I pray just a simple prayer

He has redeemed and forgiven me for all of my sins He took me in

He’s building me a mansion beyond compare halleluiah I’m a millionaire

 

 

This week our “Music to our Ears” will be Mike and Karen Anderson!

Last week a lady replied back to our weekly email saying that the “Music to my ears” song and message had ministered to her. During one of the revivals a man came up to me and shared how the music had ministered to him. There are lots of messages in our hymns and gospel songs and lots of comfort we receive from their messages.

I pray you will join me as we worship this week and have an opportunity to listen to lots of messages in song!

SHOEBOXES ARE HERE!

We have 200 shoeboxes ready to be filled! Get your boxes soon and help us bless 200 children around the world!

BIBLES

We are in need of several NIV or NLT Youth Bibles for the youth group to use. If you would like to help purchase a Bible for our youth Bible Studies please let Hunter know.

 

Prayer needs: The Andersons as they lead us in worship this Sunday, continue praying for the families of Doris Morton, Bettie Mashburn, Bob Wakefield, healing for Gayle Curtis (taking chemo), Leann Davis (spent time in hospital this week, home now), Pray for all who may be in the path of “HARVEY”

Thank you for your prayers, see you in worship.

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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